Capitol Limited to Host Bike Storage Trial

The Capitol Limited, shown at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., in June 2012, will host a trial run of carrying unboxed bicycles.

The Capitol Limited, shown at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., in June 2012, will host a trial run of carrying unboxed bicycles.

The Chicago-Washington, D.C., Capitol Limited is part of an experiment to be conducted on Tuesday, Oct. 15, of carrying unboxed bicycles in the lower level baggage area of a Superliner coach.

During the trail run, a select group of cyclists will travel with their bikes on No. 30 from Harpers Ferry, W.Va., to Rockville, Md., to Washington.

Some other cyclists will be able to try loading and unloading their bikes from the vertically-mounted bicycle holders.

The route of the Capitol Limited on tracks owned by CSX is parallel to bike trail between Pittsburgh and Washington. If the trial is successful, Amtrak might install bike racks in most Superliner baggage holds and allow roll-on bike service on more trains..

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